About Asperger Services AustraliaLearn about our goals and what drives us
To be a leading company in delivering quality and effective services that improves the health and wellbeing of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome across all age categories and those who care for them to enable them to live ordinary lives.
To provide high quality and up-to-date information, referral services and advocacy for people affected by Asperger’s Syndrome and their carers by:
- engaging in activities which inform, educate and provide support for people living with or affected by Asperger’s Syndrome and their carers;
- raising awareness and understanding in the community about Asperger’s Syndrome;
- acting as trustee of any trust the purpose of which is to distribute money, property or benefits to entities whose primary purposes relate to achieving the objectives set herein to realise the company’s vision ;
- seek and receiving donations and legacies to apply to these objectives;
- promote the objectives of the company in any manner the Board considers appropriate; and
- doing all such other things which are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objectives.
- Maintain a national data base of providers, services, events and research
- Retain flexibility in our operations to respond quickly to our community’s needs and to any opportunities or risks that may arise
- Develop income streams sufficient to allow the organisation to consider long-term possibilities
- Comply with legal requirements, and conduct our affairs with due regard to ethics and effectiveness as well as efficiency
Respect – acknowledge the worth of every individual
Accountability – transparent, ethical, responsible practices
Independence – promote choice, control and self-determination
Partnership – linking and working with others
Fairness – equitable and accessible services
Innovation – new and create solutions
The Aspergers Centre was established in 1994 by a group of parents for parents with primary school children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome based in the north side of Brisbane. In those days there was little information available about Asperger’s Syndrome, home computers were scarce and social media did not exist. The group researched and shared information with other parents and schools and ran training along with support groups providing a valuable service to people in Brisbane. As their work grew in 1995, they incorporated and gained charity status. They set up a resource library and produced a newsletter, and expanded very quickly. Within a few years, they had expanded to 11 support groups around Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich.
The ASA started a support group for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome in 1996, which still continues today. The organisation became well respected within the Autism community, by participating in research, and were involved in constructing tertiary modules at QUT for teachers to expand their knowledge to support students.